FOSTORIA — In response to a need to expand dialysis services, ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital will spend more than $1 million to create a dialysis center of more than 3,000 square feet in the Graystone Medical Building, 506 Van Buren St., Fostoria.
The project is expected to be completed by mid-2015.
The remodeled building will have additional treatment areas, a private area for physician consultation, and education and clinical office space. The environment will include an isolation room, space and equipment to accommodate obese patients and space for future growth and program development.
In 2013, the hospital’s dialysis team, added a third shift to accommodate up to six new patients. Currently, 30 patients receive dialysis treatment in an about 1,000 square-foot area on the hospital’s second floor.
“The new center will not only improve privacy, comfort and access for patients, but yet again allow additional patients to receive dialysis in Fostoria by our experienced dialysis team,” said Amy Preble, registered nurse and director of hospital dialysis and emergency services. “The anticpated need for this lifesaving treatment continues to grow.”
Although plans are still being finalized, the first step will be to relocate Dr. Roy Harvey’s family medicine office in the Graystone Medical Building, into renovated space at ProMedica Medical Center, 455 W. Fourth St., Fostoria. Dr. James Byatt’s office in the hospital also will be moved to the Fourth Street site. Dr. Michael Badik and Badik Family Medicine already is located there. An orthopedic and rehabilitation center will be added in the future.
“In a time of rapid change in health care, this project demonstrates our continued efforts to improve our patients’ experience while preserving access to critical resources locally,” said Tom Borer, the hospital’s chief operating officer. “We are committed to further strengthening this program as well as continuing to reinvest in the community, too.”